Football Game Notes: Northwood (Nov. 12)
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* This Week: The Ferris State University football team wraps up the 2011 campaign by hosting the Northwood Timberwolves on Saturday, Nov. 12, at FSU's Top Taggart Field in Big Rapids. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. (ET).
* Home Ticket Information: Single-game and season tickets for all FSU home contests are now on sale and can be purchased by calling the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888. Adult single-game general admission tickets can also be bought via Star Tickets and are only $7 while seniors (ages 65-plus), FSU Faculty/Staff and students in grades K-12 are just $5. Ferris State students are admitted free with a valid student ID card. Visit www.FerrisStateBulldogs.com for more ticket information.
* Media Coverage: Saturday's game will be carried live locally by the Bulldog Sports Network and Sunny 97.3 FM with Rob Bentley handling the play-by-play duties and Sandy Gholston offering color commentary. The broadcast begins with the "Meijer Bulldog Football Pregame Show" starting at 1:30 p.m. (ET) and is online at www.FerrisStateBulldogs.com. A complete listing of all available media links can be found on the "upcoming events" scoreboard tab on the FSU website.
* Follow On Twitter: In addition to radio and internet coverage, Bulldog fans can also follow Saturday's contest and all FSU games this year with live scoring updates via Twitter. Please visit www.twitter.com/ferrisathletics to follow the tweet-by-tweet coverage with periodic scoring updates.
* Senior Day Saturday: Nine Ferris State seniors will be making their final career appearance at Top Taggart Field versus NU and will be recognized prior to the contest. The group includes wide receivers William Frazier, Damien Miller and Mike Ryan along with quarterback Tom Schneider and guard/center Jake Hancock on the offensive side of the ball. The defensive seniors include a pair of defensive backs in Antwian Windmon and Courtney Tipton to go with defensive lineman Muneer Bawayeh in addition to punter Shawn Snoor on special teams.
* Dog Day: Saturday will also be "Dog Day" as fans can bring their dog to the game as FSU Athletics teams up with The Riley MacKenzie Fund to help support local animals. Fans who bring a donation of pet or people food will be entered to win a gift basket and those who dress up their dog to show FSU "Bulldawg" spirit could win a prize. More information on The Riley MacKenzie Fund can be found at www.rileymackenziefund.org.
* What's At Stake: The Bulldogs can register their first winning season since 2008 with a victory on Saturday over the Timberwolves. FSU enters the game owning a 5-5 overall record and a 4-5 GLIAC mark with Northwood holding a 2-8 overall record and a 1-8 conference ledger
* The Records: Ferris State is currently 5-5 overall and 4-5 in the GLIAC after a 41-14 league setback at Michigan Tech last Saturday (Nov. 5). FSU posted a 5-6 overall mark a season ago and was 5-5 in GLIAC play. The Bulldogs won five of their initial six games of the campaign and saw a four-game improvement over the 2009 season.
Northwood is 2-8 overall and 1-8 in league play to date this year and coming off a 35-10 home loss versus Grand Valley State a week ago (Nov. 5). NU was 5-6 overall and 5-5 in the GLIAC in 2010.
* The Coaches: Ferris State – Jeff Pierce (Ferris State, 1979), 17th season, 101-85-0 (.543) – (10-6-0 vs. NU). Pierce is 54-35 (.607) overall in home contests at FSU and he owns a 21-13-0 (.618) record in October contests to date. Pierce, who played at Ferris (defensive back) from 1974-77, is the 12th head coach in Ferris State's history.
Northwood – Mike Sullivan (Saginaw Valley State, 1998), 4th season, 16-25-0 (.390) – (1-2-0 vs. Ferris State). Sullivan became NU's seventh head coach prior to the 2008 campaign after serving six seasons as the squad's Associate Head Coach along with eight years as the program's offensive line coach. Prior to that, he was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at fellow GLIAC rival Saginaw Valley State.
* One More Win: The Bulldogs need a win on Saturday to officially record their sixth winning season in the last nine years. FSU has finished with a winning season 14 times in the last 22 campaigns, including nine times in 16 previous seasons under head coach Jeff Pierce. The Bulldogs won five consecutive conference championship titles from 1992-96 and were league co-champions in 1999.
* Important Game Fact: Saturday's game against Northwood represents FSU's 11th game of the 2011 campaign. The Bulldogs have registered a 9-8 (.529) mark in the 11th game of the year dating all the way back to 1990.
* Season Finales: The Bulldogs are 16-11-0 (.593) in regular-season finale contests dating back to 1985, which includes a 11-10-0 (.524) mark since 1990. The Bulldogs have won two of their last five season finales, but fell to Northwood by a 41-35 count last year (11/13/10) on the road. Ferris posted back-to-back wins over Wayne State to close 2006 and 2007 before falling to Saginaw Valley State in its final games of the 2008 and 2009 seasons.
* Leading Tackler: Ferris State junior linebacker Tayo Moss (South Rockwood/Monroe St. Mary's) is currently the GLIAC's leading tackler to date this year (10.7 tpg.). He had 16 stops last week at Michigan Tech.
* Sunny 97.3: This season marks the debut of a new broadcast partnership between FSU Athletics and Sunny 97.3 FM. Rob Bentley and Sandy Gholston will call the action starting with the "Meijer Bulldog Football Pregame Show" show at 1:30 p.m. Sunny 97.3 and the Bulldog Sports Network will carry all home and away football contests with the broadcasts streamed live online at www.FerrisStateBulldogs.com.
* Bulldog Sports Network: Fans can follow all the action of Ferris State football live online via a new Bulldog Sports Network multimedia portal which launched this season. A live audio and video pay-per-view webcast will be offered for all home games with free audio for all road contests. The package also includes live stats, live chat and a live blog. Visit www.FerrisStateBulldogs.com for more info.
* Different Stretches: Prior to losses the last three weeks, the Bulldogs had won four of their previous five contests in convincing fashion with the average score in those victories being 39 to 12. The lone loss in the five-game stretch was a 43-35 setback at Findlay (Oct. 8) in which FSU trailed 22-0 at halftime before nearly coming back to win.
* November Rain: Ferris holds a 21-13 (.618) all-time mark in November games under head coach Jeff Pierce. The total includes wins in four of their last 10 outings during the month dating back to 2006. FSU was 0-2 in November contests last campaign.
* 2,000 Yards: Senior quarterback Tom Schneider became only the 13th player in school history to throw for more than 2,000 yards in a season this year. Schenider has thrown for a career-high 2,245 yards and 14 TD's this fall. He previously had 1,741 passing yards in 2010, which was the 18th-best seasonal figure in Bulldog history. Schenider also has topped 6,000 yards of total offense in his career and is sixth all-time in FSU history (6,222).
* Football Banquet: The Ferris State football team will hold its annual postseason awards banquet on Sunday, Nov. 13, at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center in Big Rapids, Mich. Festivities will begin at 12:30 p.m. (ET) with lunch to be served at 1 p.m. (ET) and the awards program set to start at 2 p.m. All Bulldog fans and parents are invited and encouraged to attend the annual event. The cost is $20 per person and payment will be accepted at the door.
* The FSU-NU Series: Ferris State leads the all-time series against Northwood by a 19-18-0 count. FSU has won three of the last five games, but Northwood has taken the last two meetings.
* The Final Three: The Bulldogs have won 50% (32-32) of their final three games of a campaign since 1990, but the figure jumps to 58% (37-27) counting regular-season games only and not playoff action.
* Busy Day In FSU Athletics: Football is only part of the activities going on in FSU Athletics at home this weekend. The Bulldog Hockey team wraps up its CCHA series against Lake Superior State on Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. (ET) inside the Ewigleben Sports Arena while the women's basketball squad officially tips off the 2011-12 campaign versus Lewis (Ill.) across the concourse in Wink Arena starting at 6 p.m. (ET). Additionally, FSU was also the top seed heading into the GLIAC Volleyball Tournament and could potentially host the semifinals and finals on Saturday and Sunday afternoon at the Ewigleben Sports Arena (unknown at press time). Tickets for all events are still available and can be obtained thru the FSU Athletics Ticket Office or call (231) 591-2888 for more information.
* Offensive Output: Ferris State has rolled up more than 400 yards of total offense in five of its last nine contests, including a season-high 617 yards againts Ohio Dominican (Sept. 17). FSU has ran for more than 250 yards four times and thrown for 300-plus yards twice this season. The Bulldogs just narrowly missed 400 yards with 398 at Findlay (Oct. 8).
* Change Of Pace: Ferris State senior receiver Mike Ryan (Howell) threw the first touchdown pass of his Bulldog career at Grand Valley State (Oct. 22). Ryan hit senior quarterback Tom Schneider on a 15-yard throwback pass late in the first half for FSU's first points of the night. It was the second receiveing score of Schneider's career as he also caught one in 2009 when playing receiver due to injury.
* Penalty Free: Ferris State did not have any penalties against Lake Erie (Oct. 1), marking the first time since at least 1996 in which the Bulldogs have not had a penalty or yardage in a game.
* Strong Start: This year's 4-1 mark after five games represented the 19th time in 100 seasons the Bulldogs have won four of their initial five outings, including the fourth time in the last six years and second-straight to date. Ferris has accomplished the feat eight times under head coach Jeff Pierce and went on to win at least seven games in five of the years under Pierce.
* Comeback Time: The Bulldogs nearly overcame a 22-0 halftime deficit at Findlay (Oct. 8) in a 43-35 setback. While Ferris State's near comeback would have been memorable, it wouldn't have been the Bulldogs' largest comeback in school history. FSU rallied from a 28-0 first-quarter deficit in a 1995 home game (11/11) versus Saginaw Valley State to keep its 39-game regular-season winning streak intact with a 46-42 win in blizzard conditions. The comeback set an NCAA-II Record for most points overcome to win a game.
* Accounting For All: Senior quarterback Tom Schneider helped accout for all five of FSU's touchdowns at Findlay (Oct. 8). The veteran signal caller threw for 258 yards and three TD's while running for two more scores. Schneider completed 29-of-38 passes for 258 yards and helped engineer the Bulldogs' nearly improbable come from behind win in which the Bulldogs tallied 35 second half points.
* Out For The Year: Junior back Skyler Stoker (Jackson/Grass Lake) will miss the rest of the season due to injury. Stoker had ran for 100 yards or more in three games this season. He just missed posting his fourth 100-plus rushing yard performance of the season as he ran for 98 yards against Tiffin (9/24). Stoker had 162 yards in the opener against Hillsdale (9/2), 102 yards versus Ohio Dominican (9/17) and 132 yards against Lake Erie (10/1).
* Close To A Record: Freshman kicker Victor Bodrie (Northville) came up only one field goal away earlier this year from tying the school record of seven consecutive made field goals. Bodrie connected on his first five career attempts against Ohio Dominican (9/17) and then made his first against Tiffin (9/24) before missing a 47-yarder as time expired in the first half.
* Moving Up The List: FSU quarterback Tom Schneider currently ranks seventh on the school's all-time career passing list with 4,901 yards. He also has topped 6,000 yards in in total offense and is sixth all-time with 6,222 yards in his career.
* Putting Up The Points: This year marked the second consecutive season in which the Bulldogs have scored at least 48 points against Tiffin. FSU's 52-point scoring output versus Tiffin a year ago in Big Rapids was its highest production since a 62-42 home win over Northern Michigan in 2005. This year's 48-point total at Tiffin (9/24) marked only the third time in the last five years the Bulldogs have scored 45 points or more in a game.
* Did You Know?: Ferris has had a winning season in 14 of its last 22 seasons and in nine of head coach Jeff Pierce's 16 years at FSU. The Bulldogs won five consecutive conference championship titles from 1992-96 and were league co-champions with Northwood in the 1999 season.
* GLIAC Preseason Poll: The Ferris State University football team was selected to finish sixth in the 2011 GLIAC Football Coaches Preseason North Division Poll, which was released in mid-August in conjunction with the launch of the GLIAC Football Media Day website. The Bulldogs received 37 points in the balloting, which was conducted by the conference's 14 head coaches. This year marks the first time the league's preseason gridiron poll has been seperated by divisions. Grand Valley State and Wayne State were picked as the North and South Division favorites, respectively.